Monday, September 25, 2017
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Frontline Issue 108

Sarah Lennon
Guest Editor - Sarah Lennon, Inclusion Ireland

Human rights are universal and that means they apply to us all. Yet the language surrounding human rights and their instruments can mean that human rights are not universally understood. Many people don’t feel connected to them or that they offer solutions or opportunities for inclusion. Terms such as UNCRPD, optional protocol, progressive realisation, periodic review and enforcement mechanism don’t feel very user-friendly.

For Diarmuid O’Leary, performing is a key to feeling independent. He tells us all about a visit to tinsel town…

I like to travel and I have been to lots of different places around the world. I have travelled to France, Italy, Spain, England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand my family. I also went to Greece in 2011, where I represented Ireland in Men’s Basketball at the World Special Olympic Games. ...

Looking at Article 16 of the UN Convention and what it means for safeguarding and preventing the abuse of people who may be vulnerable.

The core element of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is Article 12, which provides for equal recognition before the law of all persons with disabilities and provides that State Parties shall recognise that persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life.

Claire Hendrick discusses the effect of the Ward of Court System and the Lunacy Act, and why it must change to satisfy Article 12 of the UNCRPD.

Claire Hendrick speaking about her experience at Inclusion Ireland AGM 2016 My mother died and the house we had lived in all my life was sold. I have an intellectual disability and people didn’t think I was able to make my own decisions. There was no way in law for me to have support to make decisions and so I was made a Ward of Court under the Lunacy Act of 1871.....

How the Maltese involved people with disability in Article 33 monitoring of the UNCRPD.

Article 33 of the UNCRPD and the Maltese Experience Malta ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD), and the Optional Protocol in 2012. At this stage a Focal Point Office was created within the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging...

Robert Murtagh of Inclusion Ireland examines the participation of people with lived experience in promoting equality and human rights in disability services

Inclusion Ireland is currently running a project since December 2016 funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) on ‘Rights Committees’ in disability services. The aim of the project is to develop good-practice guidelines for ‘Equality and Rights Committees’ to be set up in disability services across the country, and for these committees to be underpinned by the principles of equality and human rights.

A High Court case decides that the Mental Health Act appeal scheme is incompatible with the European Human Rights Convention – Michael Farrell details the events of this case.

In an important decision in May 2017, the High Court held that a man detained for 12 months under the Mental Health Act, 2001 did not have sufficient opportunity to challenge his detention. In the case of A.B. v The Clinical Director of St. Loman’s Hospital & Others , Mr Justice Donald Binchy issued a declaration that Part 2 of the Mental Health Act, 2001 ...

Evan Yacoub details the importance of appropriate responses to the issue of mental health for people with an intellectual disability…

Catherine Dupre, an Associate Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law, wrote in 2011 in the Guardian newspaper that dignity “sits in the wider human rights landscape of the European convention on human rights (ECHR)”, and that there was a “sorry picture of how some of the most vulnerable members of society are treated when their need for support is at its greatest. Reliance on dignity has highlighted their vulnerability and imposed a positive duty to treat everyone in a human way that does not degrade or ignore their identity”.

Mei Lin Yap reports on her 6-month placement with Cpl Recruitment in Dublin, leading to a permanent role.

Mei Lin Yap at House of Lords, Bank of Ireland in 2017

On Monday 24th October 2016 the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities and the School of Education launched their Business Partners programme, promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace. The launch event was hosted by Bank of Ireland at a special breakfast briefing in the House of Lords with a number of companies in attendance.